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ERIC Number: ED403559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 14
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Random Access Nomad Rhetorics.
Eddy, Gary
Society at present is a sophistic society, a rhetorically negotiated and mediated consensus reality. The 20th century has been a brilliant and bloody transition from "idealism" to the "sophistic." Perhaps the tools of the Sophistic--rhetorical tropes, social construction of meaning, a pragmatic linguistics of consensus making the weaker seem the stronger, possibility and not certainty or essence--are the tools of the nomad and webmaker. The new page captures other texts and builds lines to yet others that, in turn, make sense only because the first law is "only connect." To establish hyper-rhetoric, the scholar must first look at existing tools and fundamental principles. Hypertexts, whether storyspaces or internet sites, are, by virtue of how they are imagined, locations and occasions. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari postulate a science--or rhetoric--based on "nomos," not "logos." Nomos is a temporary encampment, a pasture or habitation, a space for writing, a link on a path to other links. The self too, is an event: an instant of connections, an assemblage of desire and social context. Hypertext clearly calls into question all idealist assumptions and calls for a rhetoric that can encompass its emerging texts. Whereas logocentric rhetorics found themselves on methods of assuring truth (dialectic, logical appeals) or at least credibility (ethical and emotional appeals), a hyper-rhetoric is interested more in speed and usefulness. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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